In a blog, Schuman writes the areas that will be impacted include citizen engagement and collaboration tools.
The not-for-profit organization is issuing a letter to Congress calling for lawmakers to protect the Electronic Spending Fund. Sunlight is collecting signatures from organizations and individuals and will deliver the letter this week, Schuman said.
“An open and accountable government is a prerequisite for democracy. Keeping these programs alive would cost a mere pittance when compared to the value of bringing the federal government in to the sunlight,” according to the letter.
If passed, the cuts would set back transparency goals set by President Obama when he took office and vowed to bring more openness under his administration. Elimination of government-wide e-gov initiatives creates a greater burden on agencies to fulfill transparency goals.
At the same time, users of the data who have become accustomed to going to one place for government-wide information will now have to use “different pipelines to cobble together information,” Schuman said.
The president did extend current funding levels of $34 million in his fiscal year 2012 budget. However, the future of e-gov initiatives is “anyone’s guess,” Schuman said.